Creamy Italian Salad Dressing

This creamy Italian salad dressing really hit the spot for me. It has a good dose of garlic. There’s a bit of the nuttiness’ from Parmesan. And just the right amount of Italian seasoning. I’m a big fan of creamy dressings. They are my weakness, for sure. I put a lot more on my salad than I should, I’m sure.

Creamy Italian Salad Dressing

The original recipe for this creamy Italian salad dressing stated to just up and add 2 tablespoons of water to the mix before you blend it. I found that the dressing was too thin when I did this. I recommend that you blend the dressing without any water first. If you find it to be too thick, add a bit of water (maybe half a tablespoon at a time) and blend again. The dressing will get a big thicker as it rests in the fridge, but not a lot thicker. You can’t take the water back out, so I would be light with it.

On the off-chance that you do make the dressing too thin by adding too much water, you can add a bit more mayonnaise and blend again. This will help thicken it up some.

You’ll also want to try these other awesome homemade dressings and toppings:
Catalina Salad Dressing
Creamy Blue Cheese Salad Dressing
Creamy Carolina Vinaigrette
Everything Bagel Salad Dressing
Smoky French Salad Dressing
Smoky Spicy Ranch Salad Dressing

Also checkout my always-growing list of the best homemade garden salad dressings and toppings!

Creamy Italian Salad Dressing

Creamy Italian Salad Dressing

A delicious blend of Italian seasoning and nutty Parmesan cheese.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
refrigerator time 12 hours
Course Salad Dressing
Cuisine American
Servings 6
Calories 231 kcal

Ingredients
  

Instructions
 

  • Place all ingredients EXCEPT the water in a small food processor or blender and process until blended.
  • Check the dressing for consistency. If you like it thicker you're probably done, but if you like it thinner, add a bit of water and process again. Repeat until you get it just like you like it. The dressing will get a little thicker as it sets.
  • Refrigerate until ready to serve, at least 12 hours.
  • Stir before serving.

Nutrition

Calories: 231kcalCarbohydrates: 2gProtein: 2gFat: 24gSaturated Fat: 4gPolyunsaturated Fat: 9gMonounsaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 0.03gCholesterol: 11mgSodium: 186mgPotassium: 17mgFiber: 0.1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 48IUVitamin C: 0.2mgCalcium: 55mgIron: 0.2mg
Keyword creamy, Italian
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Copycat Texas Roadhouse Honey French Dressing

I’m guessing that most people go to Texas Roadhouse for the steaks. And they do have some mighty good looking steaks, for sure. But for me, I go for the salads, and in particular, their Chicken Critter Salad. And because I’m a dressing-a-holic, I always order two different salad dressings. Last time, I went with Ranch (a staple) and honey French. This copycat Texas Roadhouse Honey French dressing is a great twist on one of my all-time favorites. It’s just-right-sweet. And it has just the right amount of mustardy goodness.

Copycat Texas Roadhouse Honey French Dressing

One of the nice things about making dressings at home is that you can adjust the flavors to your tastes. In another sign that I really loved this copycat Texas Roadhouse honey French dressing, I didn’t adjust a thing. It didn’t need to be any more or less sweet. It didn’t need more or less mustard. I liked it just as it was.

You’ll also want to try these other awesome copycat salad dressings and toppings:
Applebee’s Honey Mustard Salad Dressing
Outback Steakhouse Ranch Salad Dressing
Ruby Tuesday Pumpernickel Croutons
Texas Roadhouse French Salad Dressing
Texas Roadhouse Ranch Salad Dressing

Also checkout my always-growing list of the best copycat garden salad dressings and toppings!

Copycat Texas Roadhouse Honey French Dressing

Copycat Texas Roadhouse Honey French Dressing

Just slightly sweet with a hint of lemon.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Course Salad Dressing
Cuisine American
Servings 2
Calories 632 kcal

Ingredients
  

Instructions
 

  • Add all of the ingredients to a Mason jar or small blender.
  • Cover and shake or pulse to combine.
  • Shake again before serving.
  • Store leftover dressing in the fridge. Set out at least 30 minutes before serving.

Nutrition

Calories: 632kcalCarbohydrates: 41gProtein: 1gFat: 54gSaturated Fat: 7gPolyunsaturated Fat: 6gMonounsaturated Fat: 40gSodium: 89mgPotassium: 121mgFiber: 2gSugar: 36gVitamin A: 22IUVitamin C: 29mgCalcium: 26mgIron: 1mg
Keyword French, honey
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Creamy Blue Cheese Salad Dressing

This creamy blue cheese salad dressing is easily my favorite blue cheese dressing. It’s so nice and creamy. And although its definitely ‘blue cheesy’ it’s not so overwhelming. Ya know, I love that blue cheese funk but I kinda have a limit to it. This dressing doesn’t cross that line, it sneaks up on it and gives it a big ole hug!

Creamy Blue Cheese Salad Dressing

This creamy blue cheese salad dressing is of course great on a garden salad. And I assure you, it’s fantastic as a wing dip. It’s my go-to for wings. And chicken fingers. Oh and nuggets. That’s why I make a big ole batch of it and keep it in the fridge. And it’s great for dipping vegetables, too. Like I said, this my favorite.

Want a great sub sandwich? Use this dressing in place of mayonnaise or a vinegar dressing.

You’ll also want to try these other awesome homemade dressings and toppings:
Catalina Salad Dressing
Creamy Blue Cheese Salad Dressing
Creamy Carolina Vinaigrette
Everything Bagel Salad Dressing
Smoky French Salad Dressing
Smoky Spicy Ranch Salad Dressing

Also checkout my always-growing list of the best homemade garden salad dressings and toppings!

Creamy Blue Cheese Salad Dressing

Creamy Blue Cheese Salad Dressing

My favorite blue cheese dressing, by far.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Course Salad Dressing
Cuisine American
Servings 6
Calories 264 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 teaspoons Italian Dressing mix
  • 1/3 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup blue cheese salad dressing
  • parsley chopped, optional
  • blue cheese crumbles optional

Instructions
 

  • Place all ingredients in a medium bowl.
  • Whisk or stir until combined.
  • Cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes before using. Stir before serving.

Nutrition

Calories: 264kcalCarbohydrates: 1gProtein: 1gFat: 28gSaturated Fat: 5gPolyunsaturated Fat: 17gMonounsaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0.1gCholesterol: 17mgSodium: 321mgPotassium: 25mgSugar: 1gVitamin A: 46IUCalcium: 18mgIron: 0.1mg
Keyword blue cheese, creamy
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Copycat Outback Steakhouse Blue Cheese Vinaigrette

You know the old saying, “Don’t judge a book by its cover”? Well, that’s what I first thought after making this copycat Outback Steakhouse blue cheese vinaigrette. I mean, heck, it isn’t the most attractive dressing ever. But then I poured it over my fresh homemade garden salad and thought “Yee haw! Now THAT’S good!”. Two great flavors (a classic vinaigrette and blue cheese) come together to make me one happy guy. Give me extra, because I really love this dressing!

Copycat Outback Steakhouse Blue Cheese Vinaigrette

As much as I am a fan of blue cheese, I actually have a ‘blue cheese limit’. I just cannot do the big chunks. That’s the beauty of making this copycat Outback Steakhouse blue cheese vinaigrette at home. I got the blue cheese crumbles to be just my size. Perfect on a salad.

Copycat Outback Steakhouse Blue Cheese Vinaigrette

Copycat Outback Steakhouse Blue Cheese Vinaigrette

A totally different take on a blue cheese dressing.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Course Salad Dressing
Cuisine American
Servings 4
Calories 188 kcal

Ingredients
  

Instructions
 

  • Place all but blue cheese into a small blender or a Mason jar. Pulse or shake a few times to combine.
  • Add the cheese crumbles and pulse or shake a few more times.
  • If dressing sits for a while before using, give it a quick stir or shake before serving.

Nutrition

Calories: 188kcalCarbohydrates: 2gProtein: 1gFat: 20gSaturated Fat: 4gPolyunsaturated Fat: 10gMonounsaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0.1gCholesterol: 4mgSodium: 89mgPotassium: 25mgSugar: 1gVitamin A: 40IUVitamin C: 0.04mgCalcium: 31mgIron: 0.1mg
Keyword blue cheese, vinaigrette
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Copycat Ruby Tuesday Pumpernickel Croutons

Sadly, the Ruby Tuesday’s that was near our home is long gone. Oh how I do miss their salad bar. It was always well-stocked and super-cold. It was a happy time when I walked up with my plate and started to craft my salad creation. One of my favorite things on the bar, and the crowning piece for my salads, were the croutons. Perfectly crunchy on the outside, tender on the inside, I would mound them up on my plate. True. Well, now I have to make my copycat Ruby Tuesday pumpernickel croutons instead. In addition, I love them just as much!

Copycat Ruby Tuesday Pumpernickel Croutons

I’m pretty sure the croutons at Ruby Tuesday weren’t baked. I think that’s ok. However, and more importantly, these taste like the croutons I remember. And that was my goal of these copycat Ruby Tuesday pumpernickel croutons: to reproduce that memory.

I could only find a lighter pumpernickel the day I made these. The ‘real’ ones used a darker bread. Either way, you’ll love them.

You’ll also want to try these other awesome copycat salad dressings and toppings:
Applebee’s Honey Mustard Salad Dressing
Outback Steakhouse Ranch Salad Dressing
Ruby Tuesday Pumpernickel Croutons
Texas Roadhouse French Salad Dressing
Texas Roadhouse Ranch Salad Dressing

Also checkout my always-growing list of the best copycat garden salad dressings and toppings!

Copycat Ruby Tuesday Pumpernickel Croutons

Copycat Ruby Tuesday Pumpernickel Croutons

Crispy on the outside, soft on the inside and oh so good.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Course Salad
Cuisine American
Servings 4 cups
Calories 693 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 4 cups pumpernickel bread cut into 1/2″ cubes
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter melted
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt plus a bit more

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 375 F.
  • Place breadcrumbs into a large bowl.
  • Place butter into a small bowl. Stir in the garlic powder and salt.
  • Pour butter mixture over breadcrumbs and toss or stir gently to coat.
  • Pour bread out onto a large baking sheet. Spread out evenly.
  • Bake for 10 minutes and check for crispiness. Bake longer if needed, but check every few minutes or so. The croutons will get crunchier as they cool so take them out before they are totally crunchy.
  • Remove. Sprinkle with salt if desired.
  • Let cool before serving.

Nutrition

Calories: 693kcalCarbohydrates: 113gProtein: 21gFat: 19gSaturated Fat: 8gPolyunsaturated Fat: 3gMonounsaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0.5gCholesterol: 30mgSodium: 1703mgPotassium: 500mgFiber: 15gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 350IUVitamin C: 0.01mgCalcium: 165mgIron: 7mg
Keyword copycat, croutons
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Catalina Salad Dressing

This Catalina salad dressing is one of our all-time favorites. It’s quite easy to make and always delicious. And it uses ingredients that we almost always have on hand. That’s a definite plus too! This recipe makes about 2 cups, which might sound like a good bit of dressing, but trust me, it’s so good you’ll use it up fast.

Catalina Salad Dressing

The grated onion is one of the key ingredients in this Catalina salad dressing. Don’t skip it and don’t skimp on it. I used about a tablespoon, but you might want more. Or less. It takes a bit of effort to grate the onion, but the flavor it adds is so worth it.

This dressing gets even better after sitting in the fridge for a few hours. Just make sure to give it a good shake or stir before serving.

You’ll also want to try these other awesome homemade dressings and toppings:
Catalina Salad Dressing
Creamy Blue Cheese Salad Dressing
Creamy Carolina Vinaigrette
Everything Bagel Salad Dressing
Smoky French Salad Dressing
Smoky Spicy Ranch Salad Dressing

Also checkout my always-growing list of the best homemade garden salad dressings and toppings!

Catalina Salad Dressing

Catalina Salad Dressing

A truly delicious dressing.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Course Salad Dressing
Cuisine American
Servings 8
Calories 362 kcal

Equipment

Ingredients
  

Instructions
 

  • Place all but the onion in a blender.
  • Pulse a few times.
  • Add white onion to taste and blend until smooth.
  • Store in the fridge until ready to use. Stir before serving.

Nutrition

Calories: 362kcalCarbohydrates: 31gProtein: 0.3gFat: 27gSaturated Fat: 4gPolyunsaturated Fat: 16gMonounsaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0.2gSodium: 766mgPotassium: 64mgFiber: 0.2gSugar: 29gVitamin A: 171IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 8mgIron: 0.2mg
Keyword homemade dressing
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Briannas Home Style Dijon Honey Mustard Salad Dressing

This was our third different flavor of dressing from Brianna’s. Like the Asiago Caesar and Creamy Balsamic ones, Briannas Home Style Dijon Honey Mustard Salad Dressing was absolutely divine. They know dressings over there at Briannas. The mustard flavors aren’t too strong. They’re spot-on perfect. That’s a good thing for me, because too much mustard is … too much! If I can’t resist putting more mustardy dressing on my salad you know that it is balanced perfectly.

Just the right sweetness

There’s just enough sweetness from the honey that you notice it but it’s definitely not overly sweet. Again, balanced perfectly. Nice and creamy smooth, I cannot recommend it enough!

Briannas Home Style Dijon Honey Mustard Salad Dressing

More than a salad dressing

You can use this Briannas Home Style Dijon Honey Mustard salad dressing on more than just salads. If you want to. I mean, heck, it’s crazy good on salads. If you want to use it as a chicken marinade, go for it. Or as a dipping sauce for chicken nuggets or veggies. Sure. Go for that too. I’ve even read of people using it as a dipping sauce for egg rolls. That’s an idea I can definitely get behind! Or brush it on a ham as a lightly sweet, lightly mustardy glaze that’s sure to amaze everyone!

Buy get two bottles and keep one on hand for salads.

You’ll also want to try these other awesome store-bought dressings and toppings:
Brianna’s Home Style Asiago Caesar
Brianna’s Home Style Creamy Balsamic
Frederik’s by Meijer Peppercorn Bacon Ranch
Panera Bread Greek Vinaigrette

Also checkout my always-growing list of the best store-bought garden salad dressings and toppings!

Briannas Home Style Dijon Honey Mustard Salad Dressing

Briannas Home Style Dijon Honey Mustard Salad Dressing

Perfect mustard flavor!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Course Salad
Cuisine American

Instructions
 

  • Make your salad using your favorite ingredients.
  • Serve with dressing, to taste.
Keyword creamy, mustard
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Cardini’s Caesar Salad Dressing

Classics are classics for a reason. They’ve stood the test of time and are still around. Caesar dressing has been around for just about 100 years. It was invented in Tijuana by, yep you guessed it, a guy named Caesar. Caesar Cardini. The dressing is a wonderful combination of lemon, olive oil, egg, vinegar, lemon juice and a few other ingredients. Cardini’s Caesar salad dressing uses those same great classic ingredients. This is a great tasting bottled dressing.

Cardini's Caesar Salad Dressing

The right mount of vinegar

I really enjoyed that Cardini’s Caesar salad dressing wasn’t too vinegary. It’s nice and smooth. Too much vinegar can really detract from what could be a great dressing. Not here. The vinegar has the perfect balance, along with the other ingredients. It’s thick, but not too thick.

You won’t need a whole lot of this dressing to make for a great tasting salad. It’s such a wonderful flavor that you’ll find yourself savoring each and every bite. I’ve seen reviewers refer to it as ‘refreshing’ and I think that describes it perfectly.

To anchovy or not to anchovy

This bottled version does not include anchovies in the ingredients. The original dressing didn’t contain them either. I always thought it was a common addition, but turns out they were added later.

You’ll also want to try these other awesome store-bought dressings and toppings:
Brianna’s Home Style Asiago Caesar
Brianna’s Home Style Creamy Balsamic
Frederik’s by Meijer Peppercorn Bacon Ranch
Panera Bread Greek Vinaigrette

Also checkout my always-growing list of the best store-bought garden salad dressings and toppings!

Cardini's Caesar Salad Dressing

Cardini’s Caesar Salad Dressing

Perfect.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Course Salad Dressing
Cuisine American

Instructions
 

  • Make your salad using your favorite ingredients.
  • Serve with dressing, to taste.
Keyword Caesar, creamy
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Fresh Thyme Organic French Style Salad Dressing

Oh yum. I do love French dressing. It’s probably tied with Ranch on my go-to list. Fresh Thyme Organic French Style salad dressing has a fantastic, clean taste that satisfied my French craving and then some. You don’t have to sacrifice great flavor and consistency when you grab an organic dressing, not when you have this one in your pantry. You’ll love the slightly tangy, salty and somewhat spicy flavor on your salad.

A nice pour…

The dressing is creamy, but not overly so. I love creamy dressings, but there’s a limit to just how much creaminess there can be before a dressing is hard to pour. You want a dressing that pours easily and consistently so that your salad is nice and evenly dressed. A salad with a little dressing here, a little more there, and a lot more over there isn’t a good salad. With this dressing you’ll get the consistency you need and want!

Fresh Thyme Organic French Style Salad Dressing

Great taste at the right price…

I found Fresh Thyme Organic French Style salad dressing to be delicious. No reason to grab a big-brand non-organic dressing when you can get better flavor in a quality dressing for just a little more money. This is a great dressing at a great price. So grab a few bottles! I did!

You’ll also want to try these other awesome store-bought dressings and toppings:
Brianna’s Home Style Asiago Caesar
Brianna’s Home Style Creamy Balsamic
Frederik’s by Meijer Peppercorn Bacon Ranch
Panera Bread Greek Vinaigrette

Also checkout my always-growing list of the best store-bought garden salad dressings and toppings!

Fresh Thyme Organic French Style Salad Dressing

Fresh Thyme Organic French Style Salad Dressing

Fantastic flavor in an organic dressing.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Course Salad Dressing
Cuisine American

Instructions
 

  • Make your salad using your favorite ingredients.
  • Serve with dressing, to taste.
Keyword French, organic
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Copycat Outback Steakhouse Croutons

Add copycat Outback Steakhouse croutons to my ever-growing list of things I have no self-control around. I love a crouton that is packed with flavor. The bread has to be crunchy, golden brown on the outside. And the inside has to be just a bit soft. Not like mushy soft, but softer than the crust. These croutons hit the spot and tested my ability to control myself like it hadn’t been tested in a long, long time.

Copycat Outback Steakhouse Croutons

Don’t over-melt the butter when you make these copycat Outback Steakhouse croutons. You want it a bit thick. Like the consistency of mayonnaise. That’s what you’re looking for. Me, I love Cajun seasoning, so I added extra. I like a little spiciness. Most salads don’t have any heat to them at all. No kick. Well, add a little extra seasoning and yours can.

This recipe calls for a whole loaf of Texas toast. That means you’ll get a lot of croutons. I do mean a lot. Enough for a big ole party or family get-together. You can easily cut the recipe in half and get a ‘manageable’ amount of croutons. Or make the entire thing and freeze any excess croutons for later.

You’ll also want to try these other awesome copycat salad dressings and toppings:
Applebee’s Honey Mustard Salad Dressing
Outback Steakhouse Ranch Salad Dressing
Ruby Tuesday Pumpernickel Croutons
Texas Roadhouse French Salad Dressing
Texas Roadhouse Ranch Salad Dressing

Also checkout my always-growing list of the best copycat garden salad dressings and toppings!

Copycat Outback Steakhouse Croutons

Copycat Outback Steakhouse Croutons

Fantastically-flavored croutons!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Course Salad
Cuisine American
Servings 10 cups
Calories 170 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 loaf Texas toast
  • 2 sticks unsalted butter one-half pound
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons Cajun seasoning more or less, to taste
  • 1/4 cup garlic minced

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350 F.
  • Cut the bread into bite-sized pieces. I cut mine into 1" cubes. Transfer to two large baking sheets and bake for 8 or so minutes or until golden brown but NOT crunchy. You're more after color than doneness at this point. Remove and let cool.
  • Place butter in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave for 30 seconds or more until the butter is just soft but NOT melted. You want it to be the consistency of mayonnaise.
  • Add the garlic and seasoning to the butter and mix well.
  • Transfer half of the butter mixture to a large bowl and add half of the bread cubes. Stir gently with a spatula or large spoon to coat well. Transfer the coated cubes back to a baking sheet. Repeat with the other half of the butter mixture and bread cubes.
  • Bake cubes another 10-20 minutes or until the croutons have the desired doneness, stirring every few minutes. For me this was about 10 minutes. I like my croutons to be crunchy on the outside and a little soft on the inside.
  • Remove from the oven and cool before serving.

Nutrition

Calories: 170kcalCarbohydrates: 2gProtein: 1gFat: 18gSaturated Fat: 12gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 49mgSodium: 4mgPotassium: 43mgFiber: 0.4gSugar: 0.2gVitamin A: 1082IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 14mgIron: 0.3mg
Keyword copycat, croutons
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